Category Archives: Security Knowledge

Security Knowledge [Oct, 16, 2016]

30 seconds and 50 dollars is all it takes to steal your PC login

Many people believe that leaving their computer unattended won’t pose any security risks as long as their device is locked. However, researcher Rob Fuller, of R5 Industries demonstrates that an attacker with physical access to your device can access your login details in seconds.

Security Knowledge [Oct, 13, 2016]

Malware in sex toys: How private is your playtime?

The Internet of Things is a growing area that seems to have no boundaries. It was only a matter of time before it would catch up with the sex toy industry. Malware can infect any internet capable device allowing access to the most private details of pleasure seekers.

Security Knowledge [Oct, 2, 2016]

No honour among thieves: hackers who hack each other

Ransomware has become a highly lucrative profit earner for cyber criminals. So much so that hackers are now sabotaging the malware of their competitors to secure their share of victims.

Alerts & Outbreaks, Security Knowledge [Sep, 23, 2016]

Yahoo hack hits half a billion users

In the biggest data leak ever made public, Yahoo announces that half a billion user accounts have been compromised. Here’s what you need to know.

Security Knowledge [Sep, 22, 2016]

Are all hackers criminals?

Not all hackers are created equal. Did you know there are different kinds? The key to categorising them lies in permission.

Security Knowledge [Sep, 22, 2016]

How to identify your ransomware infection to find the right decrypter tool

We spoke with Michael Gillespie at Malware Hunter Team, a group of researchers who share our commitment to protecting you and your data, have developed a website that will allow you to find out what type of ransomware your computer has been infected with and if there is a decryption tool available.

Security Knowledge [Sep, 2, 2016]

Fabiansomware: when hackers lose it

Our lab works to crack new strains of ransomware and as a result are often at the receiving end of abuse from hackers who can no longer profit from their malware. Recently, the abuse has become personal with abuse being coded directly into new variants aimed directly at Fabian, the head of our Malware Lab.

Security Knowledge [Aug, 29, 2016]

The smartest way to stay unaffected by ransomware? Backup!

Ransomware is now the most consistently problematic type of malware to effect internet capable devices and businesses. A solid protection suite is vital but there is a second important step to protect your data – Backup.

Security Knowledge [Aug, 10, 2016]

The alarming state of computer security in healthcare

Life support machines can be the difference between life and death. But did you know they can also be an easy access point for hackers to access hospital networks and steal private patient information?

Security Knowledge [Jul, 12, 2016]

Pokemon GO: giving hackers direct access to your phone

Pokemon Go has taken over cities worldwide, but has it also given hackers access to take over your phone?

Security Knowledge [Jul, 7, 2016]

The malware landscape has shifted – These online threats are waiting for you in 2016

Cybercrime has not been deterred by modern security methods. With data being held for ransom and banking fraud running rampant, individual users are at a greater risk than ever.

Security Knowledge [Jun, 29, 2016]

Apocalypse: Ransomware which targets companies through insecure RDP

New ransomware threats appear almost daily. This week the Emsisoft Team took a look at a new ransomware family which reared it’s ugly head around two months ago and began hurling abuse at our staff. Meet Apocalypse, learn how it works and how you can protect your data.

Security Knowledge [Jun, 28, 2016]

Public Wi-Fi – is it safe?

Free public Wi-Fi offers you quick access to the internet while you’re out and about, but is it safe? Here, the Emsisoft team explores the dangers of public wifi and offers solutions to keep your data safe.

Security Knowledge [Jun, 20, 2016]

Potentially Unwanted Programs slow down your system and can be harmful: Here’s what can you do about it

What is a PUP? The Emsisoft team offers advice to recognize unwanted programs and practical tips on how to remove them.

Security Knowledge [Jun, 17, 2016]

Video: Emsisoft Anti-Malware vs. PUPs

PUPs. The great minds at Emsisoft have not only researched this topic quite intensely in our latest blogpost, we also set up a video for you to review step by step how our Emsisoft Anti-Malware software can protect you from nasty PUPs. So you can now actually sit back and watch some awesome ideas how to get rid of nasty PUPs.

Alerts & Outbreaks, Emsisoft Lab, Security Knowledge [Jun, 15, 2016]

RAA, a new Ransomware variant using only JavaScript

While JavaScript ransomware is not a new threat, the Emsisoft team recently encountered a new ransomware variant known as RAA. Known to encrypt personal files it also goes one step further by dropping Pony malware, a known stealer of private data.

Security Knowledge [May, 30, 2016]

Protecting your information with hard disk encryption – what you need to know

Ever wondered what you’d do if your laptop, tablet or smartphone was stolen? While the use of security software to protect you from online attacks is common, what about physical threats to your hardware?
Read here how to protect your data in the case of hardware loss…

Security Knowledge [May, 16, 2016]

The big ‘R’: Ransomware. Why businesses and institutions are at risk and what to do about it

There is one reoccuring topic within the industry which eventually makes it into the news: Ransomware. Data blackmail is an easy way for criminal hackers to make money – with businesses being an easy target. Supermarkets, Wholesale, Petrol Stations – even hospitals are endangered and need to take the precaution of being prepared.

At Emsisoft, we take this global threat more than serious – for years. What happens if ransomware happens, how it happens and what to do before and after – we’ve taken a deeper look in behind the scenes of cyber criminality nowadays and offer solutions and advice.